When wearing my critic or reviewer's hat, my inclination is to accentuate the positive, particularly when dealing with the "small fish" of the arts and especially with those exploring self-publishing and/or open source methods of distribution. In other words, I'm inclined to simply ignore work that doesn't interest me or which I find inhabits that large grey area between Bad and Good. (Unless of course I'm being paid for my opinions or something truly repugnant is also dangerously popular.
But neither of those latter conditions is likely to apply to the marginal and the up-and-coming artists out there.
Hence the poll, below. I am curious what creative folk think about reviews. Is any publicity good publicity? If someone (er, that might be me) on your friends' list reads or views or listens to your work and doesn't think too highly of it, do you want to know it or would you rather I just keep my big mouth shut?
(For the record, I'm willing to risk the hurt feelings; if I release something, I'd rather a bad review than none at all.)
I am a:
I want to be reviewed:
My work is released in the following manner(s)